How Former Suns Players are Doing with their New Teams this Year

Phoenix Suns, Jevon Carter (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)
Phoenix Suns, Jevon Carter (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images) /

You never want to spend your time checking up on your exes. That’s something crazy people and toxic NBA teams like to do. The Phoenix Suns know this, and have done well to move on from their past and focus solely on their current season—now holding the league’s second best record at 14-3.

Even after the San Antonio Spurs gave them a pretty good scare last night, largely thanks to some crafty finishes from Dejounte Murray and savvy moves from Jakob Poeltl, Phoenix kept their composure and found a way to win.

That victory pushed the team’s win streak to 13 games, now just four away from tying the franchise’s all time record.

But following that game, coming as the latter portion of a back-to-back sequence, the Suns find themselves with a well-deserved night off. With this time away from the game, it feels safe to check in one last time on a few ex-Suns, specifically those from last year’s team who now play elsewhere.

With the regular season’s first month completed, here’s how each former Suns is holding up.

Ty-Shon Alexander

Ty-Shon Alexander actually spent some time with the Suns this year, if you count Summer League ball. Phoenix ended up cutting him soon after that, but last year, he stuck with the team as a two-way player and suited up for 15 games.

However, he averaged less than a single point during those games, never earning more than five minutes in a contest. Taking his talents overseas, Alexander now plays in an Italian basketball league. He appeared for eight games, averaging 2.9 points per game while shooting 41.7 percent from beyond the arc.

Torrey Craig

Torrey Craig came to Phoenix on a whim last year, but was well received. He ended up earning a higher pay check to go play for the Indiana Pacers this offseason, where he currently resides.

Indiana does not have all that much punch right now. They just took down the Chicago Bulls, but still own a lackluster 8-11 record. However, Craig has played as well as can be expected. He currently averages a career high 6.0 points per game.

Jevon Carter

Sent to Brooklyn with a first round pick for Landry Shamet, Jevon Carter still finds himself competing for a championship this year, just without his Suns teammates running beside him.

With Kyrie Irving still unavailable for the Nets, Carter attained more minutes than most expected him to through his new team’s first 18 games. He currently plays 14.9 minutes per contest, averaging 3.2 points per game.

But for being a “3 and D” guard, Carter’s numbers look somewhat disappointing. His 3-point percentage currently sits at 29.1 percent. His defense lacks consistency this year as well. But even with this awkward fit in Brooklyn, his team situation looks bright all the same, with the Nets holding the Eastern Conference’s top spot.

Langston Galloway

As a free agent, Galloway still needs to find a new home. He averaged 4.8 points per game, while shooting 42.8 percent from three for the Suns last year. He also just posted an Instagram video, which showed him knocking down some triples in a gym. He looks ready to contribute, and is just waiting on his phone to ring.

Damian Jones

Playing with the Suns for 14 games midway through last season, Damian Jones and the Suns fell out before things really got kicking, as they cut him from the team in late February. During that stretch, he averaged 1.6 points and 1.3 rebounds per game—making his dismissal quite valid.

The Los Angeles Lakers scooped him up for a little while after that, but he then signed a two-year deal with the Sacramento Kings. Appearing for six games with them this year, Jones averages 2.5 points and 2.8 rebounds per game.

Although he slightly improved his numbers from his days with the Suns, he still finds himself stuck as a benchwarmer, averaging 7.0 minutes per game. The Kings just fired their head coach Luke Walton, and look far off from a playoff caliber squad.

E’Twaun Moore

After the Suns let E’Twaun Moore walk this summer, he returned for a second stint with the Orlando Magic, inking a one year deal. However, the 10-year veteran has yet to play for his new team, currently dealing with a knee injury.

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Even more so than the Kings, the Magic do not expect to contend for a playoff spot this year. As it stands now, they own Eastern Conference’s worst record, and will ask Moore to provide wisdom for their younger players once he returns.